Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Mark Ivanir, Imogen Poots
Duration: 106 mins
Rating: M - Sex scenes and coarse language
Release Date: 14 March, 2013
Set in contemporary Manhattan, PERFORMANCE tells the story of four musicians, bound together by their passion for music and a long, faithful collaboration. The celebrated string quartet struggles to stay together as they mark their 25th anniversary.
When their dignified patriarch and cellist, Peter (Walken) is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it throws the future of the group into question. His attempt to find a replacement player and organise rehearsals for their upcoming concert bring up unresolved issues and grievances.
Daniel (Ivanir) is the first violin. Robert (Seymour Hoffman) plays second violin, but longs to be the lead. Juliette (Keener) plays viola and is married to Robert, and steadfastly refused to consider the quartet without Peter.
Alliances are forged, egos bruised and passions flare as the dysfunctional family of artists begin to implode. Can they pull together for one final great performance - of Beethoven's Opus 131 at Carnegie Hall?
Directed by Yaron Zilberman, PERFORMANCE is a captivating meditation on aging, creativity, sacrifice and artistic dedication, anchored by superb performances and a stirring classical score.Now Showing at Palace Balwyn
A Late Quartet (re-titled Performance) does one of the most interesting things any film can do. It shows how skilled professionals work.
-Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
A small, shining gem of a movie that works its way into your heart with insinuating potency of music. Walken's performance is heartbreaking, and a master class in the craft of acting.
-Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
The screenplay by Seth Grossman and Israeli-American director Yaron Zilberman is old-fashioned and melodramatic but stirring in its portrait of people struggling with individual egos to produce something nobler than themselves.
-Liam Lacey, GLOBE AND MAIL
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